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Simplify3D® Software

Improve your print quality with the most powerful 3D printing software available. Simplify3D® provides complete control over your print settings, making it easier than ever to create high-quality 3D prints.
Start up quickly with pre-configured settings optimized for WASP 3d printers, review a simulation of your build sequence in the Preview Mode, and begin your 3D print with confidence. Total control means amazing 3D prints!

Simplify3D® Software is now available in our shop

  • The product is an electronic download that is emailed following your purchase.
  • The software is cross platform and can be installed on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux systems.
  • The software is viewable in English, German, Spanish, Japanese, French or Italian.
  • System Requirements: Intel Pentium 4 or higher processor, 2GB or more of RAM. Windows XP or greater, Mac OS X 10.6 or greater, Ubuntu Linux 12.10 or greater. OpenGL 2.0 capable system. An internet connection is required for the installation and continued use of the software.

Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL and Simplify3D® is a perfect match! The Simplify3D license is included with the purchase of our Delta WASP 3MT INDUSTRIAL 3d printer.
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Open source 3d printer

Open source 3d printer software

Let's start from the beginning: 3d printing is makers kingdom, and it's often used in do-it-yourself, but obviously, before actually creating the object shape,  you have to start with a pc design software in order to create digital 3d objects. For 3d models you need three kind of software: 3d modeling/CAD software, slicing and Client software. You can find many, and open source 3d printers software are quite common.

software per stampanti 3d open source

CAD are software used to design and create digital 3d objects. There are different types, and each one works differently: the solid modeling software are most suitable for mechanical parts, including free ones like Google SketchUp, Autodesk 123D, TinkercadBlender; the sculptural modeling software are useful to achieve figures, faces, human parts, natural objects because they allow to sculpt the basic three-dimensional shapes, for example with the free software Sculptris virtual sculptures can be realized through the concept of clay modeling clay; finally, we have the parametric modeling software, which allow to combine different forms between them, defining in a very precise way each minimum variation due to the setting of the parameters (among open source we mention OpenSCAD and Grasshopper). Rhinoceros is one of the software we use more, it is not open source but there is a trial version, then you can buy it with student license at a very fair price.

The slicing/CAM programs convert 3d models in mechanical controls, thanks to which the 3d printer will be able to figure out what to do and how it must move through a specific code, called G-code. Slic3r is one of the most used CAM open source, flexible and frequently updated, created by Alessandro Ranellucci, a guru of Italian making; Cura, from Ultimaker, has streamlined interface and many utilities; Skeinforge is one of the first software created by RepRap community.

Client software is the printer control program: it is used to give instructions to the machine, start printing, lock, manage parameters such as temperature, and so on. The most well-known open source software are Repetier-Host (which also provides the possibility to run the 3d model slicing) and Printrun. But we must say that often the client software are not necessary as the majority of 3d printers can receive commands of the G-code files through SD-card and USB-pen.

Open source projects for 3d printers

There are many web sites where you can download templates for 3d printers ready for use, for free: Thingiverse is the largest website for sharing 3d printing objects projetcs created by users. It provides mainly hardware open source projects; you can choose to distribute your contributions under GNU or Creative Commons license. This does not mean that open source is completely free because there are some rules to follow when they are released.

Thingiverse projects may seem simple objects related to the world of DIY, but actually mechanisms that govern their creation and implementation have a very high technological value. Pioneer was the RepRap project with MakerBot, a company that produces an open source 3d printer for rapid prototyping called Cupcake (we bought and mounted it!), that incorporates RepRap project ideas. Other similar web sites-communities are YouMagine, initiated by a company, Ultimaker, which like MakerBot started with the production of open source 3d printers, GrabCAD, with a large quantity of freely downloadable 3d models created by a group of engineers, Instructables, a community where users share models DIY, among them 3D models, and even 3D Hacker3DVIAShaper.

Best open source 3d printer

One of the most appreciated open source 3d printers, part of RepRap project, is Prusa i3 MK2S. It is sold with a DIY kit to assemble or pre-assembled. The cost is around 700 euros. Designed by the Czech maker Josef Prusa, the Prusa i3 was presented to the RepRap community in 2012. The MK2S is its evolution, with a volume of 31% larger than the original, coming to 250x210x200 mm, a new print bed HeatBed MK42 and a print speed of 40% higher.

Among the various 3d printing DIY projects, we want to point out the printer projected by some Tuscan makers fa)(a 3D, a modular and fully editable printer with the particularity of levitation: the X and Y axes contain neodymium magnets realizing a real magnetic levitation that reduces friction to a minimum during printing, lightening the load on the engine and favoring the printer acceleration. We, from Wasp, have realized the Delta Open, and we have released drawings and instructions: if you want to try to build it you can download it here and do not forget to give us your feedback in order to update the source models and sharing them.

What is Arduino project

Arduino was born in 2005  at Interaction Design Institute of Ivrea. Arduino is a small electronic card, fits in the palm of a hand. More precisely, the website says, it is "an open source electronics platform based on hardware and software easy to use". It is a programmable hardware platform, a processor that reads an input and returns output, usable and editable by anyone, with which you can create many types of circuits, especially in the field of robotics and automation. We could say that Arduino does whatever we want him to do: the automation of the lights in the home or small appliances to the creation of complex scientific projects, since it is compatible with all existing sensors. For these reasons it has had a worldwide spread in several areas, domestic, educational, professional and industrial: this is a real revolution. We thank Arduino staff for the great contribution to open source digital revolution.

Cos’è il progetto Arduino

3d printing is one of Arduino applications area, when it comes to open source 3d printers or printer kit DIY. Materia 101 is Arduino 3d printer, developed together with Sharebot and designed to make the 3d printing accessible even to beginners, as well as, of course, open source.


3d printer filament

There are many different types of filament for 3d printers, and it's important to choose the right ones for your printer and for the object that you are trying to build. We are talking about one of the most common 3d printing technologies: FFF - Fused Filament Fabrication -, a 3d printing process that uses a continuous filament of a thermoplastic material. Filament types change for composition, fusion temperature and kind of polymer; some types of filament are easier to use, others meet specific characteristics for a professional use.

PLA is one of the most common types of filament: cheap and strong, neutral and bio-compatible, melt around 215-225 degrees, not difficult to use, but quite rigid. Also ABS is extremely popular in 3d printing: ABS filament is very durable, has a shiny surface and resists to quite high temperatures. On the other side, it generally emanates a bad smell during the printing process and needs a heated plate. The range of materials is wide, here we are focusing on some products divided and described mainly according to the purpose of use.

Treed Filaments and FiloAlfa
Treed Filaments and FiloAlfa

There is also to say that 3d printer filament industry is constantly developing: new filament testing proceeds rapidly and the market offers many advanced features. Here are some of the new filaments produced by TreeD Filaments chosen by Wasp and divided into categories of use: the company itself categorizes them according to the destination; it means that the user doesn't need to have a specific technical knowledge.

Technical 3d printer filament

3d Treed Filaments and FiloAlfa
3d Treed Filaments and FiloAlfa

ABS Performance

"BS" doesn't stand for "bad smell", you can read in the product description. Indeed, a special formulation kills down all the bad smells typical of ABS filament. ABS Performance is a polymer known for its toughness, brilliance and tactile feeling, used in many areas, from domestic ones, such as appliance’s shells and gears, to industrial. Pay attention to rays of sunshine: they weaken and ruin ABS, so better avoid to use it for outdoors.

Carbon fiber filament

This filament is made in fiber, not powder: a fundamental feature that makes it perfect for high-end mechanical applications, thanks to its high tensile modulus. Carbonium is strong but light, for this reason it is widely used in extreme sports. It doesn't quickly absorb water molecules present in the air, so you don't need to dry it before use.

G-PET, PETG

Stiff like an ABS without warping, thanks to its flexibility. G-PET is similar to bottles PET, without glycol adding. It has a good mechanical strength and high toughness. Shiny finish your objects, or get a translucent look with natural color. With a great chemical resistance, GPET is well indicated for bottles and containers.

UV-729

UV-729 is the outdoor dedicated filament: no worries about sunlight anymore. UV-729 is an ASA polymer (Acrylonitrile, Styrene, Acrylate), a material with an exceptional mechanical resistance with a matte finish that lets you play with post processing. Prints like an ABS: heated bed or enclosed chamber recommended.

Eco-friendly 3d printer filament

3d Treed Filaments and FiloAlfa
3d Treed Filaments and FiloAlfa

Kyotoflex

Here we are in the world of eco-friendly and easy-to-use filament. Kyotoflex is a very flexible polymer, with good elongation, and biodegradable. Easy to print, even on bowden extruders, it has a very low hygroscopy: no need to worry about humidity anymore.

Ecogenius

Ecogenius is an ecological PLA, because it is petroleum-free. Obtained exclusively from plants, it is totally recyclable. It has a natural glossy finishing, so it will naturally shine out your objects, and it can withstand UV light, therefore it doesn’t change its color over time.

Shogun

Shogun is extremely resistant, but at the same time is as easy to print as a standard PLA. No warping and no heated bed required.  Shogun is a truly biodegradable polymer, according to EN13432 rule. It can withstand high temperatures, up to 90°C without losing its shape.

 

Another company produces filaments used by Wasp: FiloAlfa. It also offers many products, made with different polymers. Let's take a look at some of them.

FiloAlfa 3d PLA

This is a PLA filament, in blu metallic colour (but you can find it also in white, black, grey, bronze e fluorescent green!). It has a good mechanical resistance and it is easy to print. Completely non-toxic and odourless up to high temperatures.

FiloAlfa FiloFlex

An incredible gummy filament derived from automotive industry. It is very flexible and, as a rubber, it perfectly absorbs impacts. Moreover, compared to other polymers it has a better UV rays resistance.

FiloAlfa HIPS

This filament is made by a material very similar to ABS, frequently used for food packaging and disposable tableware. It has a good resistance to impacts an a deformation capacity that can exceed the 40% of its volume. HIPS completely dissolves if immersed in Limonene.

 

 

 


ASA, ABS, PLA, Nylon, polycarbonate, composed materials

Which materials does a 3d printer use, and which ones should I choose? Approaching this world, this is one of the first questions coming on mind. Different 3d printing materials change with the kind of 3d printing technology. Once again we are focusing on FFF - Fused Filament Fabrication (or FDM - Fused Deposition Modeling), that means printing objects through the melting of 3d printer filament made by polymers, because this is the easiest technique. Filament, usually with a diameter between 3 and 1.75 mm, is heated by a resistance and, passing through a nozzle, it lays down layer after layer taking the shape of the object that we are printing. So let's go into the substance of the main materials used for this technology, analyzing differences and applications.

ABS

 

ABS and PLA are the most widespread 3d printing materials. They are two thermoplastic polymers: it means that they become flexible and manipulable at high temperatures and go back to solid cooling down (reversible process). The choice between these two materials is an eternal dilemma. There are hundreds of supporters fighting for each cause, but it doesn't mean that it's not possible to draw up precise features that distinguish the two polymers. The truth is that for a good choice you should just try both ABS and PLA, using them depending on what you want to do.

ABS filaments (Acrylonitrile, Styrene, Acrylate) can be used to create light and rigid objetcs, like, for example, Lego bricks, parts of car body, hydraulic tubes, musical instruments like flutes or clarinets. ABS derives from petroleum. It is soluble in acetone (so you can sand it with a brush, or weld different pieces with few drops of fluid).

Strengths: lightness, strength, durability, resistance to high temperatures (up to 100 degrees), easy to use and to reuse, good flexibility.

Weaknesses: bad smell and toxic fumes, need a heated plate, easily warping.

ASA

TreeD UV729-ASA
TreeD UV729-ASA

Structurally similar to ABS, filament ASA (Acrylonitrile, Styrene, Acrylate) resists to UV rays and water: so, getting old, it doesn't get that typical yellowish colour (for this reason it is frequently used for outdoor furniture and objetcs).

PLA

PLA (polylactic acid) is made by a polymer derived from vegetable products processing, including corn. Naturally transparent, it can be painted, made matte or shiny. For this reason, PLA filaments are suitable for artistic and aesthetic uses, small domestic objetcs or for educational purpose in the schools. Its solvent is caustic soda.

Strenghts: ecological (vegetal origin, compostable in industrial structures), it can be extruded at lower temperatures (doesn't need heated plate), low warping, transparent look.

Weaknesses: less strong, more rigid, it begins to deteriorate at 60 degrees.

Nylon

The main benefit of Nylon is its resistance: it is much more stronger than previous polymers. Flexible and durable, it melts at high temperatures, often more than 250 degrees. Part of the synthetic polyamide family, it was originally used in textile production. Its main lack is the tendence to warping, like ABS (also with Nylon you need heated plate). Moreover, you must dry it very well before printing, because it easily absorbs water, even from the air: better dry it in the oven for few hours.

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is very resistent to warmth. It is often used as electrically insulating, in medical application and in some mechanical parts of mobile phones. It easily warps, so you always need a heated plate. It is one of the most tough and resistant material. It melts above 260-270 degrees.

Composed materials

Composed materials for 3d printing are products made by the combination of two or more materials from different origins, of which at least one made by fibre. Assembling different materials allows to improve thermal and mechanical performance and also rigidity. One of the most common composed material is polyamide with glass fibre, that needs, however, 50% of fibre at least. Another composed material, that guarantees high performances with lower percentages, is the one made on carbon fibres.